Firefighters disciplined for refusing safety advice to gay pride marchers

Nine Scottish firefighters who refused to give safety advice to people attending a gay pride event have been disciplined.

One manager has been demoted and suffered a £5,000 cut in salary. The remaining eight were given a written warning.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said they would all take part in diversity training.

“The nine now accept that they should have performed their duties. Their refusal was a fundamental breach of their core responsibilities,” a spokesman said.

Fire Brigade Union Scotland chairman Roddy Robertson said it was a highly controversial issue.

Gay rights campaign group Stonewall Scotland said it backed the disciplinary proceedings.

Director Calum Irving said: “A modern fire service does a lot of community safety and trying to reach as many different parts as they can.

“There’s no good reason why they should not have been engaged with the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community, which a number of fire services across Scotland are doing very well,” he said.

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